As you probably know, 13-year-old Arvind V. Mahankali won the Scripps National Spelling Bee a few weeks ago by correctly spelling the word “knaidel.” It was a great moment. Arvind is obviously a smart young man, and dapper and charming too. He’s a guy who is clearly going places.
But what’s with “knaidel,” the word he spelled? It sounds like the name of a character in “Fiddler on the Roof,” right? One of the daughters of What’s-His-Name? Well, it turns out that it’s a Yiddish word that means “dumpling.”
That word, “knaidel,” got us worrying. We looked long and hard and scoured though all our StraighterLine courses looking for it. And we never found it anywhere – not in Business Statistics, not in Introduction to Religion, no place, bubkis (which you might also try to spell). Our inability to find “knaidel” made us worry about how well our courses are preparing our students to compete successfully in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
But as we searched, we were elated to discover a lot of other hard-to-spell words. Here’s are some of them. Maybe knowing them will equip you to win a spelling bee someday . . .
- “Antiderivative” – Learn to spell it in General Calculus I.
- “Bioenergetics” – Learn more in Introduction to Biology.
- “Chimichanga” - You’ll learn to spell the name of this yummy Mexican entrée in Spanish II.
- “Confucianism” – You’ll learn all about it in Introduction to Religion.
- “Musculoskeletal” – You could break your arm just trying to spell it, but you’ll learn how in StraighterLine’s Medical Terminology course.
- “Thermodynamics” – You’ll heat up your ability to spell it in General Chemistry I.
- “Trigonometric” – Learn to spell it in Precalculus.
Of course, you’ll learn a lot more in those courses than just how to spell those terms. In Introduction to Nutrition, for example, you’ll probably learn how many calories are in a knaidel. That could be even more important than spelling it, depending on how many you eat.
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